Roberto Mancini, with the aid of the Abu Dhabi group, has been tasked with subverting what has been the natural order in the city of Manchester for years and this year more than any he has his biggest chance of doing so.
Last year Man City won their first piece of silverware since 1976 after lifting the FA Cup but Manchester United are in no mood to give up their position of top dogs winning league title numer 19 and reaching yet another Champions League final to ensure that United again maintained their position as the number one club in the city.
And Darren Fletcher aims to keep it that way.
The Scottish midfielder spoke to the Daily Mirror about why it is imperative United keep City in their place starting with tomorrow’s game at Old Trafford,
“We don’t want to give City the confidence of winning trophies to get to our level.
“Our job is to keep Manchester United on top and as long as we keep on winning the big titles, it means they’re not winning them.
“If City were to go on a run of winning a lot of trophies, then they would become a global club. But for world recognition, United stands out alone.”